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The Chicago Cubs’ dramatic 2016 World Series victory is headed for a replay on the big screen.
Radar Pictures has partnered with recently retired catcher David Ross and the Cubs to produce a film adaptation of Ross’ upcoming book, Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series for the Ages. Written by Ross and sportswriter Don Yaeger, the memoir will be published May 9 by Hachette Books.
Recalling the important moments in Ross’ 15-year career, the book centers on his final game, when he became the oldest player to homer in a Game 7 of the World Series, helping the Cubs rally from a 3-games-to-1 deficit to overtake the Cleveland Indians and win their first championship since 1908.
Before the season, the amiable Ross announced that 2016 would be his final year, and his teammates desperately wanted to win the Series for their emotional leader, whom they nicknamed “Grandpa Rossy.”
The film will be titled Teammate: My Life in Baseball and is being written by Ram Getz and John Corcoran.
Ted Field and Getz are set to produce through Radar, with Lisette Bross executive producing. Ross and Yaeger also will serve as exec producers through Ian Kleinert’s Objective Entertainment. Kleinert and Ryan Gleichowski will co-produce.
“It was said all during the 2016 season that if you made a movie about the magical run with all its amazing subplots, no one would believe it. Guess what? Believe it!” said Ross, 40, who is appearing on the new season of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. He also has signed to work as an analyst with ESPN.
Radar recently completed High Wire Act, starring Jon Hamm and Rosamund Pike, and is wrapping postproduction on Sony’s Jumanji, starring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black.
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